Tips and advice for learning how to speak, sing, perform and live the dream of being a professional entertainer (speaker or singer) and performing artist, along with common sense commentary and rants on the state of today's music industry. Written by international master vocal coach, Diana Yampolsky, creator of Vocal Science (TM).
Vocally Speaking and Otherwise… Be your Healthy Best! Prevent your Vocal Disorder!
Nowadays, my practice consists of at least 85-90% of nonsurgical voice repair clients. It is unfortunate, but it is a fact.
One of the reasons is that people, overall, are getting to be not as healthy as they used to be. Our earth is deeply polluted and respectively, the food we eat and the air we breathe is also very toxic.
A lot of voice disorder cases I am receiving are being effected environmentally, and then of course, a lot of them have been misusing their voices while speaking and, or, singing. But, first and foremost, the problem with the majority of cases begins with their inner health inadequacy.
Also, a lot of those people are very intense, loud and extremely emotional. Right away, speaking loudly and forcefully, they are putting their vocal chords, and the whole vocal box in general, in great distress. They are straining their vocal chords and twisting their larynx on a consistent, everyday basis. Their posture is usually not intact as well.
And then, due to extreme emotions, their thyroid locks on them and thus, their voice gets stuck. There is no surprise, as by the holistic teaching, the thyroid represents suppressed emotions and hurts. Almost 100 out of 100, these people experience rocky and highly unfortunate relationships with their boyfriends, girlfriends husbands, wives, children, parents, …
And a good percentage of them, on top of everything else, is smoking, drinking and/or using drugs…
Summarizing all the above, it is not surprising that it is affecting all of their organs, and obviously, the voice is not any different from the rest of the human anatomy. Therefore, when they go to the ENT doctor, a lot of times they are told that there is nothing wrong with their vocal anatomy…?
The patients are thoroughly surprised, as they know that their voice is definitely affected a great deal, and something is definitely wrong and out of order, so to speak.
The ENT specialists are not looking at the matter holistically. Their only concern is the one’s vocal anatomy, which sometimes, concurrently, is also damaged. If they do detect the damage, they would often offer a surgical interference, which still will not solve the patient’s vocal problem, per say.
If the cause of the vocal disorder is just a vocal anatomy misuse, the person involved should be taught a healthy and efficient application of their voices while speaking and/or singing. To fix the, so-called, instrument, is only half of the overall problem’s salvation.
To teach the person how to properly use their voices is the other extremely important part of the equation. In other words, if the person is overall healthy and balanced from the health point of view, he/she should not have any voice problems, at least related to the inner well being.
The proper use of the mechanics of the voice would definitely be another chapter…
Diana Yampolsky is the Master Vocal Coach, Studio Vocal Producer, and Non-Surgical Voice Repair Specialist at The Royans Professional Vocal School in Toronto, Canada.If you would like to stay up to date with Vocal Science news, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook group. If you find yourself struggling with vocal performance or are in need of voice repair, you can reach Diana by email or phone at 416-857-8741